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About OMAA

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An OMAA Recollection

On a Saturday morning in May of 1958, nine municipal administrators came together at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto to discuss forming a small association of chief administrative officers that would meet periodically and assist in the promotion of better local government. Thanks to founding members Brantford, Cornwall, Galt, Guelph, Kingston, Kitchener, St Catharines, Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie, the "Municipal Chief Administrative Officials Association of Ontario" was formed--subsequently renamed the "Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association (OMAA)

OMAA Today

For over 55 years, OMAA members have been strengthening the quality of municipal government through professional management.

The Voice of Ontario Municipal Management and Administration

Today our association's membership base is approximately 275 of Ontario's Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) and Aspiring CAOs, having collective responsibility for the administrative matters for municipalities representing over 75% of the population of Ontario.

Members of OMAA are professional managers and hold the position within their municipality that exercises general control and management of affairs of the municipality, as set out within the Ontario Municipal Act. As such, the CAO members of OMAA are key decision makers and leaders in the direction of their municipalities, providing professional support for their elected officials and ensuring the implementation of Council policies.

Our Vision

Widely recognized for promoting and supporting good governance, by encouraging excellence in CAO leadership, know-how and professional management of municipalities

Our Mission

To provide professional development, services and support and networking opportunities, which enable Members to be the best they can be in serving the public as Municipal Executives.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Deliver high quality professional development, that is always relevant and directly connected to the skills of being a municipal leader for both existing and aspiring CAOs
  • Deliver the best opportunities for CAOs and aspiring CAOs to grow professionally and learn from each other through networking and connecting
  • Retain and grow the membership to strengthen the Association and its overall impact with respect to good governance in Ontario
  • Continuously improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the OMAA
  • Increase OMAA input in the “provincial conversation” to bring forward the professional management perspective on the development and implementation of public policy considered significant or compelling by the Board